Hello 2018

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Hi everyone! Yes. I still do this. I am still alive and still making doing my best to get through it all, but man…has this year been a weird one. 2017 is ending, and honestly…not that sad. There were a few good things that did happen, but I have definitely struggled on so many levels.

The year has ended with a stream of “not for me” books. I kept to my genres, I thought. I kept to my strong suits, I thought. And though the books weren’t at all bad, they just were falling flat for me.

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And then I picked up the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and fell in love. I fell in love with the characters, the island…everything. It shocked me that after a string of bad book that books written in letter form was what got me back in my groove. It wasn’t fantasy, which has always been my go to. It was historical fiction. It wasn’t young adult, which I seemed to stick in a lot over the past few years. It was adult. What. Was. Happening.

Then I thought back to the past year – heck, the past few months- and thought about what books have really been sticking with me. The Names They Gave Us. The Nightingale. The Alice Network. With Malice. All of these books had branched out of my “comfort zone.” I was starting to really read in a wide variety of genres. This is something that I have obviously not been paying attention to.

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I kept trying to return to what I thought was my reading home, but my reading home has been evolving and changing.

Now, with this in mind, I am ready to tackle some reading goals for 2018.

Obviously I still love fantasy, but I think I may be a little more picky. I think it may be the same with YA books. I have a list of ones that I am dying to try, but it’s not what it once was. I am adding in classics. I am adding in Adult fiction. I am adding in books that a year or two ago I probably wouldn’t have really thought too hard about.

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I am still a mood reader, so making a firm TBR is not really something I can do. But I am going to try to read more of what my mind wants and not try to overthink it. So…what am I going to do in 2018…

  • Slow down on the netgalley requests. I have a few eArcs to read that I am excited for, but after that I am taking a break so that I can kind feel of out where I’m at.
  • Read a classic a month. Some lovely ladies and I have come up with some choices so that we can read them together. Not all classics work for everyone, so it will be so awesome to have others to help me power through if I am feeling it’s not 100% for me (because I still want to read them and feel that I can learn more from them).
  • Have my husband make a few selection. I don’t think he ever reads these posts so maybe he will never see this (haha I am sure this is the one he will read). Whenever he has made a selection for me it has been a bit out of what I would typically select, but not so far as to be something that he knows I would absolutely hate. He knows me better than anyone, even better than myself. I think having him select a few for me to read this year would be fun.
  • MORE READALONGS! I would love to do more readalongs with you guys. So here’s to hoping that Arika and I can get some ideas going. Reading is always so fun in groups.
  • Read for fun. Don’t overthink it, just grab the book and go. I seriously debated Guernsey for so long. I picked it up and then put it down more times than I can count, and I really regret that. I put off a book that has become pretty near and dear to my heart. It could have changed my reading habits for the better these past few months. But you live and learn.

2017 was a year of pretty great reading. I didn’t read anything that I found to be absolutely terrible (though there were some things I disliked). I enjoyed most things and could always find some positives in all the negatives. I am not unhappy with how it went at all. But 2018…2018 is going to be a great year of reading.

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emily

6 thoughts on “Hello 2018

  1. We have some similar resolutions! I’ve completely banned myself from requesting on Netgalley until I get caught up. I’m definitely a mood reader too and I really just want to relax a bit this year and enjoy myself.

    Great post and here’s to 2018! 😄💖🎉

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  2. That’s really interesting about the evolution of your reading tastes! I hit something similar a year or two ago. I got pickier about my YA reads, started looking for more adult and MG books I liked, and even started reading more romance. I’m pretty much in the same place you are now: read what I want when I want. 🙂 Happy reading in 2018!

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  3. I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society as well.
    I’m curious as to what classics you’ll be reading as I want to read more this year but I don’t know where to start.
    Hope 2018 is a much better reading year for you.

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    1. We are reading a wide variety. For example, this month we chose Treasure Island or Jane Eyre (or both). We basically have 2 choices each month and extras in case mood reading happens. I am so excited to read some that I had never even given thought to.

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